Posted (Tina) in All Posts on July-14-2009

Ella gained weight…yippee. She has increased to 11.36 kilos or 25 pounds! We know she is getting longer, but it is also good to see her gaining more weight.

The increase in weight is not likely due to fluid. Actually, we started adding baby food to her g-tube feeds. We are starting slow so that we do not cause any GI issues. So far, we added 1 tablespoon last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Starting this past Monday, we bumped it up to 2 tablespoons. Now keep in mind, this is 2 tablespoons for the whole day. We’re starting very slow…as we all know, Ella likes slow.

Not only do we want her to gain weight, but we want her guts to start processing food. The current formula that she takes is completely pre-digested. This is nice and easy on her tummy, but it is not good to have her belly not do any work for a long period of time. So, we decided that this would be a great way to work out her belly plus add some calories and nutrients. Hopefully, her body will be able to tolerate the gradual increases over the coming weeks.

The physical therapy and speech therapy appointments were both canceled today, so we only had occupational therapy. They had a good time together.

James 1:2-4 (The Message)
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Joel Snyder on July 15th, 2009 at 5:18 am #

Ella, I am so glad that you are gaining weight. I can’t believe how big you are and that your are doing well with your OT. Have a great week and I will catch you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dana Chambers on July 15th, 2009 at 7:49 am #

Great to see you in Dallas – So glad you made it by for a visit. I know how great breaks are but when you are traveling home you can’t seem to get there fast enough to see your little ones. Excited to hear that Ella is eating “REAL” food.

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